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Trusting Dravid, Charu was a mistake: Mallya
The Bangalore team's performance in the IPL has been pathetic. This has not gone down well with its owner Vijay Mallaya. After showing the door to the chief executive Charu Sharma, Mallaya has apparently blamed Dravid and Sharma for team's dismal show.
LIQUOR BARON Vijay Mallya has a penchant for making news. Victory or defeat, the owner of the Bangalore Royal Challengers manages to stay in the thick of limelight and controversy.

Mallya rocked the Indian Premier League (IPL) yet again on Monday (May 12), when he almost attributed the loss of his team to skipper Rahul Dravid and former chief executive Charu Sharma.

He claimed that it was a mistake to trust the duo for team selection, while he kept himself away from picking the squad.

The cheerful owner of the the Bangalore team told media persons that his non-involvement in the selection of the team had proved counterproductive.

“My biggest mistake was to abstain from the selection of the team. Though I watch a lot cricket whenever possible, I am no cricket expert at the end of the day,” Mallya said.

The flamboyant businessman said that he had his own list of players, whom he wanted to include in the team but refrained from doing so as Dravid and Sharma had prepared their own list.

He said that he backed the former Indian skipper as he was an iconic player, despite the fact that the team looked like a test team.

Referring to the second auction, where Dravid was absent, the tycoon said that he had his own set of players but Sharma did not support his list. “It was I who brought Misbah-ul-Haq in the team,” he revealed adding that he wanted his team to do its best under the circumstances.

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I feel immensely sorry for Dravid because he of all people command more respect than what Mallya has given him. Mallya might be pained because he's invested quite a lot, but he can only blame himself. Those who look to blame others are cowards. Mallya, from the first defeat itself, has been breathing down Dravid's back; it's only now everything becoming more clear. Mallya makes himself to be some great tragic hero. I don't know what Mallya is trying to achieve my making such comments and then ending it by saying he hopes Dravid does his best with the team he has. It obviously has insulting undertones. Mallya may be known for hisservice and hospitality and will whisk Katrina Kaif to the match in his private jet, but he feels no need to extend any such kindness towards a selfless character like Dravid. It's quite magnimous on Dravid's part that he hasn't aired his views in public. He even accepts Mallya's ridiculing comments. In the midst of the controversies in IPL, it's so refreshing to see a person like Dravid maintaining a dignified silence. Now foreigners like Kallis, Boucher, Steyn know firsthand all the pressure Dravid has to deal with. It's not surprising they are backing him. It's things like this that determine your character and this episode has only increased many peoples's respect for Dravid. Mallya maybe you should learn from Bollywood. Preity Zinta has offered complete support to her team even during the Bhaji incident. SRK, too, said it would be an insult to a great player like Ganguly to go and ask questions about his form. I can guarentee both wouldn't have heaped such a humilation to Dravid had they been the owners of the team. These are tough times for Dravid, but I hope he knows that this will come to pass and he will always have the support of his fans. And that is of more value than anything from a cheap character like Mallya.
First off all, Mallya bought this team on his own. Dravid never asked to be the icon player or the captain. So why is Mallya pinning the whole thing on him? Mallya is continuing to fan the flames rather than help the team. Buying American cheerleaders and Katrina Kaif is not how you show support to the team. He and his officials need to stop ridiculing Dravid like this. It's a game for pete's sake. It's not some fool-proof investment. Anything can happen in cricket and Mallya should have been aware of this. People who take it upon themselves to buy a team should know the risks involved and ought be genuine supporters of the game not just use it as an advertising outlet. Second, why is everyone saying Dravid wouldn't quit? He actually offered to quit before Mallya's outburst and at that time Mallya and his official chided him that it would be negative publicity for Mallya. Dravid resigned from captaincy on his own. He is open to batting anywhere in the batting order for his team. He is selfless and would be willing to resign, but everyone will just say Dravid is running away from responsibility and abandoning his team. Nobody thinks about that. Money is definitely not what is keeping him from leaving. He has a young son to take care off and life outside of cricket. And lastly, everyone is forgetting the real reason why RC have been losing. It is not so much the matter of a "test" team but the simple fact that no local players have made any mark in IPL. Previously-unknown talents like Abhishek Nayar, Ashok Dinda, Trivedi, Saha, Asnodkar have shown they are as good as a foreign investment in their respective teams. Meanwhile in RC, Bharat Chipli, Vinay Kumar, J Arunkumar, B Akhil, Devraj Patel have all done nothing in the matches they've played. Rather than contributing, they have been involved in many needless runouts which just about cost us the match in the end. Running between the wickets is something that is taught at the root level, not something Dravid should be teaching them at this stage. No is mentioning them. They're young and IPL is essentially about them coming to the fore. This only shows that after Dravid and Uthappa, nobody from Karnataka will be making the Indian team for some years. They have been the biggest letdown and this is also what is ailing Deccan Chargers as well. Gilchrists and Misbahs can perform all they want but they need help from the youngsters. Only Dravid knows all of this bitter truths. People who have never played in a team sport ought to refrain from making comments about Dravid's commitment and intelligence. RCB needs to scout for better local talent rather than throwing Dravid out in the cold. Both SRK and Preity Zinta have come out and said what is happening to Dravid is unfortunate and that he deserves support from his own quarters. Ganguly and Yuvraj have also sympathised with Dravid. Mallya has no reason to wage a public battle against Dravid. He can speak to him in private. Dravid is a mentally-tough cricketer and thrives in crunch situation, but he and his team cannot be blamed for buckling under the immense pressure put forth by their owner.
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